Today instead of going to the archives we spent the day at the church doing a service project. Last November the Wellington Stake decided to do a service project by collecting books for the school children in Fiji. During the past couple of years Fiji has had natural disasters which have destroyed a lot of their schools.
During the year they have collected over 10,000 books so yesterday we labelled, sorted and boxed them all up. In the end we had over 160 shipping boxes ready to be picked up. All the young missionaries in our zone were also there helping. It was a very long day since we arrived at 8:00 in the morning and didn't finish until 8:00 that night.
They fed all the workers lunch and Lorraine Ditchburn was in charge of the food. She was so dedicated that she actually had a minor stroke the day before and spent time at the hospital but still insisted on coming that morning to help. She left about 11:30 to go back to the hospital for another CAT scan. She is so compassionate and service minded. They had sub sandwiches, meat rolls and cookies for lunch. Ann McVey and I spent all morning making sandwiches. They put beets on their sandwiches. I would never think of beets on sandwiches.
We put labels in the front of every book that said collected in New Zealand by Mormon Helping Hands Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That was one of the most time consuming jobs of the day.
Here are some of the boxes that are being packed or already packed and ready to go. A big van will come on Friday to pick up all of the boxes and transport them to Fiji.